PRE-SCHOOL LEARNING ACTIVITIES
Learning Journey for Pre-School Learners!
In keeping with Nurturing Early Learners (NEL) framework guidelines and objectives for pre-school learning, MINT Museum of Toys has created a holistic learning experience for children aged 4 – 6 years old, Kindergarten 1 and 2. With 4 levels of toys from around the world and activity-packed programmes, there is no better place for an educational field trip for pre-schoolers in Singapore than right here.
Through play, children develop social and cognitive skills, gain the self-confidence required to engage in new experiences and learn to succeed in the world around them. Our programme explores and features: Aesthetics and Creative Expression.
For example, in order to integrate children’s learning experience into creative expression, our 1930s Drummer soldier toy is used to explore tempo and rhythm, a basic element of music. A rare Bandai Batman robot toy created using different art mediums introduces children to the basic elements of art like texture and colours.
Aesthetics and Creative Expression
Aesthetics involves the love and pursuit of beauty as found in art, music and movement. It creates opportunities for the creative expression of emotions and ideas.
In the Learning Journey at MINT Museum of Toys, we have included learning points and activities for art, music and movement in each of our 4 trails – Outerspace, Characters, Childhood Favourites & Collectables — to foster the holistic development of pre-school children, including the cognitive, physical, social-emotional and creative domains.
Each trail provides a range of stimuli, ideas and opportunities for children to draw, create, sing, move or even play musical instruments. These experiences help promote children’s imagination and creativity.
Learn art, music and movement IN our 4 trails
Museum Level 5
LearnING Through Outerspace
Five years ago, a terrible space crash happened that left an Astronaut and his handy robot assistant, Hook Robot, stranded on a strange faraway planet. In this exciting Outerspace Trail, the children will take part in a rescue mission to bring the stranded astronaut back to Earth. With no one to call for help, with aliens looming nearby and no spaceship to travel, how will they get back to Earth?
Through this immersive dramatisation of the outerspace adventure, pre-school learners will make their own communication system, fight the aliens and build their own spaceship based on the museum’s toys, such as the Space Patrol Walkie Talkie, Space Gun and the Sparkling ‘High Speed’ Rocket. These challenges and activities in the adventure will allow the children to explore dynamics of sound-making using different household materials as well as body-shaping and movements through tableaux.
At the end of the field trip, the children will also get to mould their own 3-dimensional robot assistant by using art materials of different textures, colours and shapes.
Museum Level 4
Learning Through CHARACTERS
Tintin the reporter has received an urgent case to investigate a mysteriously hijacked train. As it turns out, the Joker has stolen one of Japan’s high-speed bullet trains!
In this Character Trail, the children will take part in an exciting mission and meet popular characters such as Tintin, Batman and Tetsujin 28. With the Joker threatening to derail the train, will they be able to rescue the passengers and stop the train in time?
Through this immersive dramatisation of the railway adventure, the children will communicate through an alarm system, design their own flying cape and explore the railway system based on the museum’s Toys, such as Snowy Alarm Clock, Batman and Flying Tetsujin 28. These challenges in the adventure will allow the children to explore the tones and pitches in different clocks, identify the shapes, colours and materials used in toys, as well as body-shaping and movements through tableaux. At the end of the trail, the pre-schoolers will also take part in learning activities to make their own clock using art materials of different textures, colours and shapes.
Museum Level 3
Learning Through Childhood favourites
The ringmaster of a newly opened circus is getting ready to present his first act of the evening. However, he realises that all of his acrobats and performers are missing! In this Childhood Favourites Trail, the children will be helping the ringmaster put up an exciting circus performance. With no performers, no instruments and no costumes, how will they entertain the audience who are waiting eagerly behind the curtains?
Through this immersive dramatisation of the circus adventure, the children will design their own costumes, warm-up like an acrobat, arrange their own musical act and present a puppetry skit based on the museum’s toys, such as the Manchu Lady, Teddy Bear Riding Tricycle and Mr. Punch. These learning activities within the adventure will allow the pre-schoolers to explore shapes and materials of toys, body movements through acrobatic poses, rhythm and tempo of percussion instruments, as well as dramatic characterisation through puppetry.
At the end of the trail, the children will also get to craft their own hand puppets using art materials and household items of different textures, colours and shapes.
Museum Level 2
Learning Through collectables
An explorer has received a mysterious map marked with an X right at her door. Convinced that it is a map leading to a huge pile of treasure, the explorer decides to go on an adventure deep into the forest.
In this Collectables Trail, the children will join the explorer in her treasure hunt! With no tools and lots of scary beasts looming in the deep dark forest, will they be able to find the treasure?
Through this immersive dramatisation of the treasure-hunting adventure, the children will make their own tools, defend themselves from beasts and unravel the mystery behind an abandoned treasure based on the museum’s toys, such as The Drummer Boy, Bear Clicker Toy, Snappy – The Happy Bubble Blowing Dragon and Greyhound Lines Bus.
The challenges within the adventure will allow the pre-school learners to explore dynamics and pitches, as well as the relationship between rhythm and movement. Learning activities involving various instruments, body movement and mechanics will be conducted, as well as identifying lines, shapes, textures through observation and tactile exploration.
At the end of the trail, the children will also get to craft their own 3-dimensional movable toy using different art mediums.